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Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Miami-FL Hurricanes - 10/29/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Miami-FL Hurricanes (4-3) at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (2-5)

College Football: Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 3:30 pm (Notre Dame Stadium)

The Line: Notre Dame Fighting Irish -1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


We’ve got an interesting Week 9 college football matchup looming on Saturday, October 29 from Notre Dame Stadium as the Miami Hurricanes visit the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. 

Miami enters play here with a 4-3 record on the season and have dropped three in a row, including their most recent appearance against Virginia Tech. In that 37-16 defeat, Miami QB Brad Kaaya went 23-of-38 for 323 yards and two touchdowns, while Joseph Yearby led a tepid running game on nine carries for 59 yards. Ahmmon Richards led the Hurricanes in receiving, with three catches for 78 yards. 

Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Miami-FL Hurricanes - 10/29/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction


So far this season for Miami, Kaaya is 121-of-196 for 1696 yards and a 12:5 TD:INT mark, and Mark Walton leads the rushers on 112 carries for 604 yards and eight TDs. Richards is top dog in the receiving game for the Hurricanes, with his 20 receptions, 437 yards and one touchdown. 

Over on the Notre Dame side, they’re coming into this week with a meager 2-5 record following a 17-10 defeat by Stanford on October 15. In that game, Irish QB DeShone Kizer posted a 14-of-26 line for 154 yards and two interceptions, while also leading Notre Dame in rushing with 11 carries for 83 yards and a score. Torii Hunter was tops in the Fighting Irish receiving game with four catches for 70 yards. 

On the year so far for Notre Dame, Kizer is 118-for-203 with 1775 yards and a 14:7 TD:INT ratio. Josh Adams leads all rushers on his 89 carries for 416 yards and one TD, while Equanimeous St. Brown is the Irish’s top receiver on 31 receptions for 611 yards and six scores. 

Miami is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a bye week, and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following an ATS loss. Miami is also 2-6 ATS versus a team with a losing record, and 0-5 ATS in their last five games versus independents. 

Meanwhile, Notre Dame is 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games in October, and 1-4 ATS versus a team with a winning record. Notre Dame is also 1-4 ATS in their last five non-conference games, and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall. 

There isn’t much that really jumps out on either side here, as both Notre Dame and Miami carry significant downsides. The Fighting Irish have scored just 13 points in their last two outings combined, and the Hurricanes aren’t much better with just 48 points scored during their three-game losing streak. I do like Miami’s running game potential, however, so I’ll take the Hurricanes to get a clock-controlling victory here.

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